By Jerome S. Galunan Jr.
The home-squad Negros Hermanas swept all its opponents to grab the crown in the just-concluded Girls’ U16 Invitational Football Tournament played August 20-21, at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City.
The Negros Hermanas booked its first win against Negros Oriental Football Association, 2-1, courtesy of Negrenses’ Johanna Martinez and Thea Claire Concepcion’s goals.
The Negrenses posted their second victory after defeating San Carlos City FC, 3-1, on the three goals from Michaela de Asis, before blasting Foundation University, 4-1, with De Asis scoring 2 goals, and shares from Chelo Marie Hodges and Johanna Martinez.
De Asis wasn’t done yet as she scored her sixth goal in the tournament to give Negros Hermanas its fourth on a 1-nil triumph over Rizal Football Association.
The Negros Hermanas is bannered by De Asis, Hodges, Concepcion, Martinez, Carmz Gaviola, Irish Navaja, Trixie Faith Jalbuena, Janna Lagman, Cathleen del Castillo, Mariane Ruiz, Tashka Lacson, Margie Centina, Maria Christine Duran, Jenelyn Cerbito, Angelica Suspene, Marielle Eusebio, Ivy Lopez and keeper Katherine Montelibano.
Meanwhile, a close camp of Top 30 Elite Team will be held on October 23, revealed National Girls U16 team manager Rafael Lizares. He added that players who will be selected from the recently-ended tourney will form part of the Philippine Girls U16 squad who will compete in the upcoming Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Girls’ U16 Qualifier on November 5 to 12 in Manila. The Philippines is grouped with the teams from Australia, Thailand and Myanmar./